Former Animal Control official to take plea deal
A former Multnomah County employee is scheduled to take a plea agreement with the district attorney's office in connection with an embezzlement investigation.
Randall Ray Brown is under a 58 count indictment that was handed down in October 2017.
According to the Portland Tribune, which broke the news about Brown's indictment, he used a county issued purchasing card to make numerous purchases that the county later found to be improper.
Brown was the former animal control manager for the county.
The Tribune reports that he purchased items like gold bullion, gas masks, military grade knives and survival gear.
Records show that the county terminated Brown's employment in September 2017
The Tribune also reported that Brown came under investigation for making false statements about serving in the military.
The county, during its internal investigation, found no evidence that Brown received the Purple Heart as he claimed after serving as part of an elite Army group, according to the Tribune.
Brown and his attorney have declined comment.
The sentencing is set for Feb. 27. Details of the plea agreement have not been disclosed.
You can read a previous Portland Tribune story on Brown at portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/375515-258427-multnomah-county-animal-control-manager-used-funds-on-gold-gas-masks/